OPB | March 02, 2015
Lola G. Baldwin was the nation’s first municipal policewoman, sworn in by Portland’s police department in 1908. Find out how she crusaded to prevent vulnerable young women from falling into lives of crime.
OPB | Feb. 23, 2015
In the 19th century, Portland’s waterfront had an international reputation for vice and violence. It was also the setting for much of the folklore about the city. Find out more about the legends of Portland's past.
OPB | Feb. 16, 2015
Beatrice Morrow Cannady came to Portland in 1912 and soon after launched a 25-year career as a bold, committed civil rights leader. Find out how she fought to secure rights and protections for the city’s 1,500 African Americans.
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Oregon Experience Producer Eric Cain was intrigued by this photo of a logger on a train. Find out what his sleuthing revealed about where and when the photo was taken, as well as what was taking place in the picture.
Columbia River salmon canneries shipped their products to national and international markets, developing dozens of brand names and competing for the most appealing labels. View a slideshow of some of these historic labels.
Oregon's first cat café gives patrons the opportunity to relax and interact with cats in a living-room-type environment — and maybe even take one home. Watch our video to get a look inside the lounge.
Astoria experienced citywide fire several times during the 1800s and 1900s. One fire in 1922 was devastating, wiping out as many as 30 city blocks. Learn how Astoria rebuilt and persevered after this great fire.
Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, though it remains relatively isolated to this day. Find out how its history has been marked by boom times from exploitation of abundant natural resources such as salmon and timber.
The Pendleton Round-Up has been exciting spectators for over a century. Find out how this truly Oregon event, which has featured exhibitions of fancy roping, trick riding and stagecoach racing, got its start.
In the 1980s, Indian spiritual leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and many followers tried to create a utopian community in rural central Oregon. Find out how culture wars with local residents escalated into legal battles and more.
When photographer Jock Bradley’s sister died from ovarian cancer last year, his grief and experience dealing with her illness led to the birth of a new art project.
Mary Dodge was passionate about music and teaching children. Find out how the "diminutive bundle of iron nerve" founded the Sagebrush Symphony in Oregon's High Desert, which ultimately became the Portland Youth Symphony.
Overharvesting decimated native populations of oysters growing in bays along Oregon’s coastline. Find out how resourceful oystermen revolutionized the industry through persistent experimentation.
Portland native James Beard launched the first cooking show on national television, predating Julia Child by more than 15 years. Learn more about his Oregon roots and his culinary career.
Portland’s past is filled with legendary stories of rampant vice, shanghaied sailors and opium dens. Find out how much of the city’s illicit history is true and which colorful episodes are more likely tall tales.
Between 1941 and 1945, World War II drastically changed Oregon’s economic, social and demographic profile. Find out how the war’s great challenges left profound impressions on hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, in military service and on the home front.
Luther Cressman, known today as the "Father of Oregon Archaeology," developed an interest in the field purely by accident. Find out how this U of O professor made some of the most significant archaeological finds in our state.
Residents of counties along the Oregon-California border have repeatedly tried to create a new, independent state. Find out about the State of Jefferson, a source of regional identity, lore, propaganda and pride.
Portland filmmakers Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm share how a road trip led to the making of their new documentary and what they hope to achieve by telling this story.
Commercial logging began in Southern Oregon and Northern California in the 1850s. At that time, area residents tried to create their own state. Find out more about the region that became known as the mythical State of Jefferson.